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The word overflow has been on my mind lately and John 7:37-38 says:
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
That’s definitely an overflow, to have rivers flowing out of our belly. That’s just how powerful the holy ghost is!
To grow, we need challenges. So, I’m gonna challenge you with what God has laid on my heart. I’m going to challenge you to use water to grow.
A challenge I’ve been doing for the past 2 months is drinking a gallon of water every day.
1 gallon is 128 oz which is 2x the amount of water our bodies physically need.
I know that I don’t “need” an extra 60 oz of water everyday but the extra water has changed me.
-I have way more energy
-I don’t crave junk food
-I don’t have nearly as many headaches
-My skin is glowing
-My hair is shining
-I even lost weight
By challenging myself, my body has been transformed you could say.
Here’s the cool thing. The other day, I was driving to work and listening to the song, “better is one day”. When the part that says, “your spirit is water to my soul” played, God placed an image of my water jug in my mind.
I instantly thought just like plants need water to grow, we need the holy ghost to grow! And I thought about how a gallon of water is more than enough, it’s more than what I need. It definitely feels like rivers of water in my stomach.
But I felt like God was challenging me to do that water challenge on a spiritual level.
To overflow, to drink more of the living water, and to spend more time with God than what I think I need.
I began to think of the 10 virgins.
5 were wise and 5 were foolish. They all had lamps with oil. They all had enough but the wise brought a pot with extra oil in it so when the lamp went out, they would have more. They brought an overflow supply. The foolish did not. The foolish only brought what they needed. While they were waiting for the bridegroom, they all went to sleep. But at midnight, someone cried saying the bridegroom is here! They all got up and turned on their lamps. The foolish asked the wise to let them borrow some of their extra oil because they had ran out. But the wise told them, sorry, if we give you our extra oil then there won’t be enough for us. So the foolish went out to buy oil and while they were out, the bridegroom came. The ones who were ready and had plenty of oil went in to the marriage and the door was shut. The foolish came back wanting to come in but the bridegroom told them, I know you not.
When I think of the 5 wise virgins, again, the word overflow comes to my mind. The extra oil they had, it makes me think that the holy ghost overflowed in their life. They had the rivers of living water flowing through them.
I feel like that is what He is challenging us to do. To overflow. To do more than what we normally do.
No matter where you are in your walk with God, there will always be room to grow. Even if you’re in your lowest valley, you can still grow in the Lord because even the lowest, hardest valleys need water to grow. And even if you only grow a centimeter in the Lord this year, that is improvement. That is growth and is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s something to be proud of!
If you want to see growth, then go deeper. Strive to draw closer to God and do more than what you already do on a daily basis. When you’re ready to stop reading for the night, try reading one more chapter. When you’re praying and you’re getting ready to close your prayer, try praying for just one more person or for 5 more min. When you’re speaking in tongues, see how long you can entertain the spirit. If you put in a little extra, give yourself more water than what you think you need, you will see incredible benefits and growth. I promise.